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Letter from the Editor As I write this letter, our world continues to be in a time of unrest. However, I continue to believe that we will all learn some invaluable lessons from what we have witnessed and endured these last few months. Sometimes, we have to look really hard to see the good in situations; but in our own community, we’ve had glimpses of goodness around every corner. For example, look at the amazing way our school districts continued to provide meals to children during quarantine. There are kids who rely on the meals they receive in school to keep them from being hungry every day. Read the heartwarming story about how the school districts managed this on page 16. We’ve also seen individuals show great acts of kindness to the “essential” workers. Anderson Aid, formed by one of Anderson Magazine’s freelance writers, Lisa Marie Carter, helped to provide meals to front-line employees in healthcare, law enforcement, safety services and more. You’ll find out how this program started during a time of crisis on page 6. I’m excited for you to meet our cover “model,” Hannah Mason. She is a nurse at AnMed Health, and has continued providing care to patients throughout the past few months. We all quickly learned that injuries, accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and all health-related issues did not stop simply because we were under the shelter-in-place mandate. See how some of these front-line staff members handled the changes brought their way on page 12. In addition to the “good” we’ve seen through the pandemic, our community also made me proud with the peaceful and respectful demonstration held in early June. While parts of our country were in shambles, Anderson County proved to be an example that other communities should follow. With so much heaviness around us, sometimes we have to take a break from the stressors in our lives. We thought this would be the perfect issue to offer you some suggestions on ways to do that. We’ve compiled a great list of day trips so you can hop in the car, hit the road, and enjoy some of the simple things in life. Read about these excursions on page 26. Remember to continue to support your local businesses as much as possible, especially the advertisers in Anderson Magazine. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to continue providing to you the good news happening right here in our own backyard! Here’s to health and happiness and a great summer!

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Kindness comes in a many colors By Josephine McMullen

AnMed Health Radiology receptionist Frances Stidham knew that the simple, basic medical face mask is one of the most important elements of any health care worker’s personal protective equipment (PPE) because it protects the wearer from breathing in airborne pathogens. And never has the use of medical face masks been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic when health care workers must wear masks throughout their shifts. Furthermore, Stidham, like all experienced health care workers, knew that after six or eight hours, those elastic bands that snugly wrap around the ears, start to pull and rub the skin to the point that friction lesions can form, causing profound discomfort. But even more importantly, such friction lesions make health care workers more vulnerable to Coronavirus infections, according to a report by Wound Management & Prevention. “Prolonged use of [health care workers’] protective face masks [can] facilitate penetration of Coronavirus

Frances Stidham’s ear savers come in a variety of colors.

“I feel like this is a way I can help people. I’m not doing it for the money. I want to do something to help people.” and other pathogens into the blood circulation directly,” according to the report. That’s why when Stidham saw instructions on how to make ear savers on a Facebook crocheting group page, she felt compelled to act. “I knew wearing the procedure masks can be painful. And if I, crocheting ear savers, could help my coworkers not experience pain, then that’s just something I had to do,” Stidham said. “I really appreciate what the health care workers at AnMed Health are doing. I want to contribute to the work they’re doing any way I can.” Stidham started crocheting when she was 9 or 10 years old. Her mother taught her, and they used to crochet projects together. Many years later, she still enjoys crocheting and finds it relaxing, she said. She estimated that in the past few weeks, she’s made between 100 and 150 ear savers in a variety of colors, which she’s distributed to co-workers throughout AnMed Health and even to strangers she’s encountered in downtown Anderson. People have tried to give her money for the ear savers, but she’s adamant about not accepting money. “I feel like this is a way I can help people. I’m not doing it for the money. I want to do something to help people,” Stidham said. Kim Stevens, AnMed Health’s radiology manager and andersonmagazine.com

Frances Stidham (third from left) poses with her husband and children. Stidham’s supervisor, was very impressed by Stidham’s kindness. “Frances’ ear savers are much more comfortable for the staff. She’s been giving them away to everyone she sees, and she won’t accept any money,” Stevens said. “She is a very giving and compassionate person. Her selflessness and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated by all of the radiology staff members. She is making a difference in our department.” 5

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Anderson Aid meals that serve a dual purpose

By Lisa Marie Carter

When the coronavirus pandemic hit our community, as a marketing professional I felt the need to put my marketing skills to use helping other small businesses and doing “something more.” As I worked on formulating some unique ideas for keeping business going for one of my clients, The Local Pub and Eatery, it just all started to come to me: a great way for people who want to help out and do more, a way to thank our tireless healthcare workers and other front-line workers, who are literally putting their health at risk to help keep our families well and safe, and also a way to help out one of the hardest-hit business groups, the locally owned small restaurants — all in one plan. I knew right away who to run this idea by, Sarah and Shane Dowler, the owners of The Local Pub and Eatery and The Local Uptown. I ran my idea by them, and they were not only on board and excited, Sarah immediately started reaching out to other locally owned restaurants in town to get them involved. “When I heard Lisa’s idea for Anderson Aid, I immediately thought, wow! What an amazing idea. Thanking our front-line workers, supporting our struggling restaurants and giving the public who are frustrated sitting at home an opportunity to actually do something to show appreciation,” said Sarah. What is Anderson Aid about? It is quite simple. We pick a featured restaurant of the week. Anyone, anywhere, can call in to the designated restaurant of the week and pay for an Anderson Aid gift card/donation. The restaurant will then put that aside and at the end of the week they will gather all of the donations and deliver a prepaid lunch order to front-line employees to thank them for all they do. Then, the following week, we designate a new featured restaurant and repeat the same procedure. There are two requests we make from the designated restaurant: they write thank you and/or uplifting notes on the each of the meal containers, and they supply the dessert. The first week we had more than $500 donated, and each week thereafter we had great support, with over $2,000 donated one week. Using these donations, there were more than 500 meals served by several local restaurants to AnMed, Anderson City Police, Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office, and Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital. Since the conception of this movement, we have been contacted by others wanting to partner with us and help. Most recently, Boy Scout Troop 84 from Central Presbyterian Church became involved. This andersonmagazine.com

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Left ot right: Front Row: Jackson Scanlon, Brian Sunner; Back Row: Tyler Scanlon, Derrick Merlo Alexander Hansen, Dr. Christopher Hansen

organization has been involved in the Anderson community since 1928. The troop has 17 active boys, ranging in age from 11 to 18, and collectively they decided they wanted to help. Scott Scanlon, equipment chair for Scout Troop 84, said, “We started meeting virtually to be able to continue our scouting work. During the meetings we were discussing things we could do to help during these hard times while we continue to social distance.” How did they decide what to do and for who? “We felt that front-line workers often don’t have the time to go out and get something to eat. When we called to see how we could help, the organizer for Anderson Aid told us that they could really use some help with some of the other facilities besides the hospital. We thought it would be a great idea to help MedShore Ambulance workers and three of the local Anderson area fire departments because these places may be overlooked but are serving our community every day,” said Scanlon. “My wife Lyndsey Scanlon is the committee chair, and she’s the head honcho. Lyndsey and the boys deserve all the credit.” Lyndsey Scanlon was quick to say, “This is all the boys. They did all of this, except ordering the food, the rest is all them.” The troop collected funds and helped deliver the meals. Anderson Aid is something small that could have a huge impact in so many. So, whether it is a $5 donation or a $50 donation, it will all go to help so many in different ways. Anderson Aid: giving aid and thanks, to many of our own. For more information on Anderson Aid visit the Facebook page or email andersonaid2020@gmail.com.

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I-BEST Classes Pave Way for Full-Time Manufacturing Job for Lizzy Warner

Lizzy Warner and her daughter, Bella Last summer, Lizzy Warner was lying in bed, suffering from a then-undiagnosed thyroid condition and wondering, when her medical issues were finally resolved, what she was going to do with her life. Exhausted and bedridden, she didn’t leave her house as she continued to battle hormonal imbalances coupled with a metabolism that burned three times as many calories as she consumed. Her health issues surfaced last summer when she began to drop weight quickly and with no reason. “It came out of nowhere,” she said. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and later had surgery to remove her andersonmagazine.com

thyroid and some of her lymph nodes. During the months of recuperation, she wasn’t able to work and the single mother of a six-year-old daughter didn’t have family to rely on. “What I did have was a lot of time to think and reflect – and make a plan,” said Warner. At the forefront of her thoughts was her desire to have a better life. She knew that started with education. A high school dropout not by choice, but by her mother’s direction/decision, she spent the last decade working minimum wage jobs in manufacturing and the food service industry. 8

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Every time thoughts of pursuing her education entered her mind, Warner, who dropped out in the 11th grade, knew the chances were slim to none that she would ever be in college. She needed to earn her GED first but didn’t know where to start. She spent the summer and fall recuperating and by mid-November she made the decision to pursue her GED. In January, she contacted Anderson 1 and 2 Adult Education who helped her make that dream a reality. Warner was 28 years old and she had been out of school for 11 years. She began studying for her GED December 4, 2019. One month and eight days later, Warner passed her GED. “I was so proud of myself,” said Warner. That success and her interest in working

“I had a goal of working in manufacturing but no way to get there. I-BEST presented the opportunity.” - Lizzy Warner in manufacturing made her a prime candidate for the I-BEST program at TriCounty Technical College. “I had a goal of working in manufacturing but no way to get there. I-BEST presented the opportunity.” The I-BEST program is designed to increase the College’s focus on unemployed and underemployed populations. It is a one-semester program that allows students to explore careers in manufacturing, health care or a stand-alone course for college and career exploration opportunities. The program offers opportunities to earn college credit and national (industry recognized) skill certifications. There is no cost for the I-BEST program which is funded by state workforce development funds. In January Warner enrolled in three I-BEST classes while juggling part-time work. She learned skills that will complement licenses in forklift driving and heavy equipment which she earned at previous manufacturing jobs. “Now I have a lot to add to my resume. I-BEST made it so much easier. These skills are tailored to my interests and industry needs. I had the motivation – now I have the skills,” said Warner, who recently was hired as a shipping clerk manager for Drew Foam. The courses are taught by I-BEST instructor Melinda Hoover, who has experience in manufacturing management and passes this along to students. “This has been a challenging semester for both the students and the faculty,” said Hoover. “During a reflection, Lizzy shared a saying she uses to motivate herself. Her words were, ‘master the day.’ Lizzy has mastered every day in class, whether in person or online and regardless of the challenges in front of her. She has stayed focused on her personal goals and has been an inspiration to many who thought about giving up. It is students like Lizzy who remind me that learning life lessons from my students is part of the reward of being in the classroom. We can all learn and be inspired by her example.” Warner will receive a Manufacturing Production I Certificate. “Six months ago I didn’t think I had a chance at college. Now I am the first in my family to go to college,” she said. “I am so excited. I never got to wear my cap and gown in high school so this will be so cool. It’s especially exciting that my daughter will watch me graduate. That’s the best part.” For information about the I-BEST program: 864-646-1481, ibest@tctc.edu or at www.tctc.edu/ibest.

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As Andersonians along with the rest of the state and country stayed home to shelter in place, a rare breed of humans stood strong across the country and the world. These humans were more like superheroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. These superheroes didn’t really have capes or a big “S” on their chests. They wore scrubs, postal worker and package delivery uniforms, police uniforms, firefighter gear, paramedic uniforms and some just street clothes as they drove trucks delivering needed items and food to keep our county, state and country running. After the orders came down from Governor Henry McMaster for everyone to stay home, businesses to close and everyone to social distance, so many of our local residents did not have that option. First responders such as fire fighters, paramedics and police officers went in to work every day, with each day and each call putting their health on the line. They faced burglaries, accidents, fires, health concerns, and every call to 911. Everyday each of us had our mail delivery, without interruption. All the fears of mail and packages carrying the virus did not matter to the United States Postal workers, United Parcel Service workers, Federal Express workers, Amazon delivery workers, and other delivery services. Each package still got delivered, as before, with care and concern. When you needed groceries, your prescriptions or other items you may have wanted, the grocery store employees, pharmacists and pharmacy staff as well as other essential retail establishment workers went in every day to be sure you had access to these items. As you would go into stores to purchase items, for the most part they were on the shelves and there for you. Hospitals and other essential businesses had many of their deliveries of food, equipment, stock, and general supplies. All these places were being supplied by the tireless and fearless truck drivers hitting the highways in even bigger numbers and putting in longer hours. In addition to the fact they still worked every day, they also overcame and persisted despite the closure of restaurants and other daily conveniences they relied on as they traveled their routes. Thankfully, our front-line workers such as our healthcare workers, maintained their same schedules, as well ensuring the health and well-being of the rest andersonmagazine.com

“Love your people well, hug them when you can.” of us. Many of them had to isolate from their families at home. Many stayed at hotels, in campers, at work, away from the comforts of their homes and consolation of their loved ones. While we may have missed out on having that big celebration and party for a special milestone with our families, many of them had to miss out on being with their loved ones at all for these milestones. AnMed Health nurse Hannah Mason is just one of the many front-line workers here in Anderson. “I always liked to help people,” Mason says, explaining why she became nurse, “I realized I was meant to help people, I just wasn’t sure how, so I prayed on it.” When asked if anything like this pandemic was brought up during her schooling, Mason said things like the pandemic are part of the learning curriculum in nursing school but not to the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is what I signed up for, this is what I 12

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took the oath for,” Mason says. One of the biggest adjustments that Mason says she had to make during the pandemic was trying to express herself and be personable when her mask is on all the time. She felt this took away her ability to smile at her patients. Her way of adjusting, she said, was to learn to smile with her eyes. Despite the adjustments that needed to be made, Mason says “We’ve all adapted well. I work with a great group of people and great doctors.” Mason says the hardest thing for her and many of the front-line workers at AnMed Health was witnessing patients having to make life-changing decisions during this time. “I carried their burdens too. Sometimes I would have to take a moment, go cry and then go back to work,” she said. Mason’s faith is strong, and she says prayer helped her through this trying time, not just her prayers but the prayers of her friends and family for her. Bryan Kennedy, MS, RN, NEA-BC, director of medical/surgical nursing at AnMed Health, says of Mason, “Hannah is the person we look for when we’re feeling down. She always lifts others. During this time, she, like others, had a heavy weight on their shoulders.” Kennedy adds that the community support they have received has truly helped all of the frontline workers at AnMed Health during this time. He said many people and companies dropped off food, gift baskets and so much more. Kennedy said, “We’ve realized what community means.” Hopefully, we will learn and grow from this pandemic. Let’s continue to thank and show appreciation to all our frontline workers as this pandemic continues— and after. Remember the important things in your life. To quote nurse Hannah Mason when asked what she will take away from this, “Love your people well, hug them when you can.”

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A Thank-You Letter to Our Community At Countybank, serving others is at the heart of who we are. Born during the financial strife and struggle of the Great Depression in 1933, our organization was founded by a group of business leaders in the Upstate who wanted to ensure there was a trusted, dependable bank available to serve the needs of the community during a time when many banks were closing their doors. Today, our vision and mission remain the same. Our vision is simple: To Serve YOU! And our mission—the reason our associates report to work each day—is To Serve Our Clients, Our Communities, and One Another. On behalf of the entire Countybank family, I want to thank our Upstate community for allowing us to serve you during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the business of banking, sometimes we think we’ve seen everything: deregulation, sky-high interest rates, economic expansion, a Great Recession—the list goes on and on. But in our lifetime we’ve never faced a global pandemic like COVID-19, one that has proven to affect every aspect of our lives. And I am most proud in times like these to serve in this essential industry, where at Countybank we can demonstrate one of our core values: Putting People First. Early in the year, Countybank began monitoring the coronavirus outbreak in China. Our associates demonstrated leadership by implementing a swift, measured response to the spread of COVID-19, and as the situation continued to escalate, they worked diligently to ensure the continuity of our services for our customers and our community. Our associates began calling our customers to determine how the pandemic was financially impacting them. Why? Because serving others is at the heart of who we are, and at Countybank we believe Putting People First really matters. We talked with our small business customers to advise them of the upcoming Paycheck Protection Program (PPP loan) before it was introduced by the SBA. We also quickly transitioned to drive-thru only operations, extended our customer service call center hours, and released a mobile wallet option to provide our customers a safe, contactless method of payment. Of course, service is no new endeavor for our organization. Since 2015 alone, Countybank has given more than $1 million to the communities we serve, and our associates have consistently stepped up to volunteer countless hours with schools, community events, and charitable organizations in the Upstate. From our time to our talents to our resources, every step of the way we take our vision—Serving YOU!—very seriously. Most recently, Countybank was honored to serve the community by participating in the Small Business Administration’s PPP loans. As an SBA Preferred Lender, our experienced staff dedicated themselves to this loan program from day one, working around the clock to ensure that our small business customers quickly received much-needed funding. The result? Countybank has processed more than 600 PPP loans for over $60 million in funding for businesses in the Upstate. Many banks chose not to participate in the PPP loans, were slow to get started, or they limited the businesses for which they would process loan applications. Our employees quickly recognized the critical need for these PPP loans, and Countybank processed loans as small as $750 for small businesses in need. We trust that the work we are doing is just one important step to ensuring small businesses in our Upstate communities land on their feet when we get on the other side of COVID-19. Please know that Countybank is here for the members of this community, whatever your financial needs may be. As a local, community bank, we are Putting People First, standing shoulder to shoulder with you as we navigate these uncertain times. Thank you for allowing us To Serve YOU! R. Thornwell Dunlap III President & CEO, Countybank

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School Nutrition Goes Mobile

By Josh Overstreet To say the past few months have been strange is an understatement. For most of us, our normal day to day was completely up-ended due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped our nation and the world. Our education system is the easiest place to look if you want to see a snapshot of those changes. With school buildings shut down, students and teachers quickly pivoted to e-learning in an effort to finish out the school year. However, there is one thing that schools provide to many students that cannot be done electronically — food. “Many of our students rely heavily on school breakfast and lunch for their daily sustenance, as evidenced by our high meal participation,” said Julie Peles, the nutrition services director for Anderson School Districts Two and Three. As COVID-19 began forcing more and more closures, the school districts around Anderson County all were preemptive in anticipating the closures and putting the processes in place so that by March 17, meals were able to roll out to their students. “It became apparent the first day we were out of school that we needed to provide meals immediately for our highest need schools,” said Jane Harrison, assistant superintendent of Anderson School District One. “It was not difficult, and we were happy to do it for our students and families. Everyone worked long hours and extremely hard, but we have an outstanding team. We had four schools operational in two days. The most challenging aspect was to get supplies that were needed such as paper products, but we were able to shift to a andersonmagazine.com

totally new way of feeding students very quickly.” It was not just the efforts of the nutrition and kitchen staff at the schools either, but according to Kyle Newton, assistant superintendent of Anderson School District Five, it was a district-wide staff effort. “We had a lot of support from other groups within the district, such as our transportation staff who drive the routes, and custodial staff, athletics coaches, and others all chipped in,” said Newton. The most common challenges the school districts faced besides logistics of food delivery and pickup were switching their food options to meals that were better suited for delivery, such as pre-packaged food, and the availability of paper goods, which due to COVID-19 shortages, could be challenging. In spite of those challenges, across the board the meal delivery and pickup programs have been nothing but successful across the county. Anderson School District One reports over 150,000 meals served to its students, District Two reports 119,398 meals, and District Five reports 580,000 meals. “You can ask students, parents and school staff that assisted in the lunches and they would say it was very, very successful,” said Harrison. “It was so successful at first that we expanded from four schools to seven on March 30th.” For Anna Jones, these deliveries helped her and her kids, in addition to providing some daily excitement. “It was like the ice cream truck,” Jones said. “They knew what time she [the bus driver] was going to be around.” Jones, a cosmetologist and owner of Strands Salon in 16

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Anderson, is extremely grateful for the meal deliveries for her second, fourth and seventh grade children, and not just because it provided excitement for her kids. Due to her being unable to work because of COVID-19 restrictions on hair salons, the meal delivery provided much needed economic assistance. “It is an awesome thing. Period,” Jones said. Jones is not alone in her praise for the meal programs in Anderson County. “Parents were so grateful, that on Staff Appreciation Day, food service workers were showered with flowers, gifts, etc. from the students who came through the car lines,” said Harrison. Just because the school year is ending does not mean the meal deliveries will stop. Around Anderson County, the school districts are making plans for pickups and continued deliveries via the bus routes. “The school year officially ends on June 4th, yet we still see a tremendous need for many of our students to continue receiving meals,” said Peles. “Beginning on Tuesday, June 9 and every Tuesday in June, seven days of meals will be made available for our students.” If you are interested in more information regarding what your school and district are doing in terms of summer meal deliveries or pickups, please visit your school district’s website and social media for the most up-to-date schedules, in addition to information about how the schools are addressing COVID-19 going forward.

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Local Resident Bringing Insurance Options to Small Businesses By Caroline Anneaux

Marshall Pickens has served in the Anderson community for many years. He met his wife, Michelle, 18 years ago at a Leadership Anderson Chamber of Commerce event. She recently joined David M. Gilston Insurance Company as their marketing contractor. Currently, he is on the Planning Commission for the City of Anderson and serves on the board of trustees for both AnMed Health Foundation and the Friends of the Anderson County Museum. He still finds time to deliver food for Meals on Wheels and helps raise their children, two daughters and a son.

Marshall Pickens, Julie Poncar and Frank LeVett agency in the upstate,” said Ensminger. “Marshall was willing to jump in and get started in his hometown. He trained under Tom Swayne, our chief executive officer, who is one of the most knowledgeable insurance professionals in South Carolina.” Pickens is excited to share what the David M. Gilston Insurance Company has to offer small businesses in Anderson. “Our motto is to ‘Assess, Advise and Assist,’” said Pickens. “I do this every day with our clients. I talk to them about what their needs and their ultimate goals are. Then I let them know how we can reach that goal, meet compliance requirements and help them educate their employees. “It won’t cost individuals or employers anything to call and talk to me about the services my agency provides,” said Pickens. “We offer insurance for medical, dental, life, disability, Medicare and more. I can help you with all of it.” While small businesses account for a large portion of Pickens’s clients, David M. Gilston Insurance Company also manages plans for large corporations and companies with more than 50 employees, and the company offers more than just insurance. They contract with other companies such as employee NAVIGATOR, hr360 and teleHealth to help clients provide their employees with first-rate online and personal support networks.

Marshall Pickens grew up in Anderson as a seventh generation Andersonian. He graduated from T. L. Hanna High School and then Anderson University, and he has worked in banking for about twelve years. During his last five years in banking, Pickens worked for a credit union. While there, he realized there was a huge need for small businesses and individuals to find insurance plans to fit their needs. He is now an individual and group licensed staff agent for the David M. Gilston Insurance Company in Anderson, and he is ready to help fill that gap. “Not everyone works for a large corporation with plenty of insurance options to choose from,” said Pickens. “Eighty percent of businesses are small — under 50 people. They all need insurance too. We also know that if small businesses offer insurance benefits to their employees, they have a much greater chance of gaining and retaining better employees. Our plans do not require the employer to pay for insurance, but they will offer a way for their employees to attain it through a group policy.” Pickens’s wife, Michelle, and Melanie Ensminger, president of David M. Gilston Insurance Company, met in elementary school. They ran into each other at an event in Anderson a couple of years ago and discussed the need for a branch in Anderson. “We have an amazing broker, Julie Poncar, in the Greenville area, but we were ready to add another andersonmagazine.com

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Having focused on the local community for nearly 30 years, the administration of The Peoples Bank saw an opportunity for growth by expanding to other parts of the county. In 1981, the first branch was built in Anderson in the Homeland Park area, and today, there are four additional branches in Anderson. While the bank is rich in history, it offers the current technology and conveniences that today’s consumers demand. Unlike Mr. Cook’s mobile banking on a bus, The Peoples Bank offers today’s form of mobile banking on cell phones, computers and other hand-held devices. Customers can make mobile deposits, transfer funds and even turn their debit cards “on” or “off ” as needed. Each new feature strives to meet the needs of the customer. The visionaries of The Peoples Bank have always been focused on serving the customer, whether an individual or business client. However, their commitment goes beyond banking services. Just as Jesse James Cook helped residents with money transports, The Peoples Bank helps residents of Anderson County in numerous ways. According to Sheryl McCollum, assistant vice president of The Peoples Bank, their employees gave approximately 350 hours of service to the community in 2019. This includes providing financial literacy education to five elementary schools, four high schools and courses at the Anderson County Library. Staff members also volunteer with local non-profits such as providing monthly budgeting classes for AIM and preparing Snack Packs with United Way. The bank also provides monetary sponsorships for a variety of charitable organizations. “By playing an active role, whether volunteering at community events or sponsoring local charities, The Peoples Bank supports and serves our customers and community,” said Shawn McGee, bank president and chief operating officer. Service to the community took a new turn this year as Covid-19 had a tremendous impact on local businesses. The Peoples Bank was able to offer Small Business Administration (SBA) loans that helped many employers make pay-roll as the pandemic had significant effects on businesses’ incomes. “We coordinated about 294 Payroll Protection Plans from the SBA,” said Coleman Kirven, chief banking officer. “The loans totaled 23 million dollars helping 2,500 employees keep their jobs.” And amid the uncertainty during the height of the pandemic, The Peoples Bank has remained stable with plans for growth. A new branch in Pendleton will be the seventh location for The Peoples Bank. Scheduled to open in late summer, the branch has already hired its staff and is waiting for construction to be completed. “We are truly tied to this community,” said Kirven. “From involvement with charities to helping small businesses to opening locations county-wide, we are authentically local.” 21

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the locals go. Harry and Harry Too offers a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads and more for lunch and dinner certain days of the week. You are welcome to order it to go or dine in. They are not open on the weekends, so please check the hours/days before you plan your day trip. Find them on Facebook. After a quick swim, hiking and lunch, stop by The South Carolina Cotton Museum to learn about the history of cotton in our state. This museum displays artwork, equipment and some amazing facts about cotton. There is also a Veterans Museum located in the building, and it has displays from every branch of the military. Be sure to ask about the mysterious Lizard Man of Lee County while you are visiting! Admission is up to $6 depending on age, but those with a military ID are given free admission for the entire family. www.sccotton.org CLAYTON, GA is an easy and short 60-mile trip from Anderson. Pack your swimsuits and sunscreen for a fun day on the rapids if everyone in your group is at least eight years old. There are at least three local raft trip outfitters in the area where you can take wild rides down the Chattooga River. Be sure to check out websites before you go to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into! Here is the link to the oldest 26

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outfitter in the area and its prices range from $100 to $130 per person for the day trips. www.southeasternexpeditions.com If you don’t want to ride but you would like to watch, the viewing area at Bull Sluice is perfect for that. There is a big parking lot and bathrooms at the head of the trail. You will need to walk down a short, gravel trail along Hwy. 76, and climb down to a rock to sit and watch rafts and kayaks come through the category IV, 14-foot waterfall. If you want to swim, there is a nice little beach area before you reach the end of the trail. www.sctrails.net/trails/trail/bull-sluice You may be hungry after watching or participating on your visit to Clayton. The Universal Joint Clayton restaurant is open daily for lunch and supper. Check out their website for exact hours, menus and to see a list of the 15+ draft beers they offer. www.ujclayton.com DAHLONEGA, GA is the place to go if you leave the children at home and have a designated driver for the day. Let’s face it, adults need day trips too, and the winery and breweries here will not disappoint. It is only two hours away from Anderson and there is plenty to do and see when you arrive. Wolf Mountain Vineyards is an award-winning winery about five miles off Hwy. 19/60 in town. They offer tours of the winery, tastings and a cafe for lunch or appetizers. The setting is stunning. You and your friends may decide to stay here all day long. www.wolfmountainvineyards.com If you do decide to move on to another great place, there are several more wineries and breweries to choose from, including Monaluce, Etowah Meadery and Gold andersonmagazine.com

City Growlers. www.etowahmeadery.com www.montaluce.com www.goldcitygrowlers.com There is also a beautiful downtown area with parks, numerous shops, the Dahlonega Gold Rush Museum, and plenty of local restaurants to choose from. If you decide to stay the night instead of making the trek back home, you have your choice of local inns as well as chain hotels. www.gastateparks.org/DahlonegaGoldMuseum LANDRUM, SC is just over an hour away from Anderson and another great place to visit. After exiting off of I-26, go straight to downtown Main Street. You will find a large variety of storefronts packed into beautifully maintained buildings. Take a walk and discover antiques, collectibles, clothing, sweets and more. There are some lovely city park areas where you may sit and people watch or drink a cold drink to cool off. The train depot is beautiful — don’t miss it! Everyone needs to eat, right? This local, family owned restaurant opened nearly 30 years ago and 27

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they serve delicious southern homestyle lunches. Locals love it, and so will you. Check the website for current days and hours for The Junction of Gowensville. www.thejunctionofgowensville.com Campbell’s Covered Bridge is just outside of town and should not be missed. It was built in 1909 and named after the man who owned the grist mill on the same site. It is the only one left in South Carolina, and it is a beautiful place to sit for a while and listen to the creek running underneath your feet. www.greenvillerec.com/parks/campbells-covered-bridge You may also want to drive another 15 minutes to see the gorgeous Poinsett Bridge spanning Little Gap Creek. This is considered to be the oldest surviving bridge in South Carolina. Make sure you have your camera if you go. The stonework is amazing and makes a beautiful backdrop for pictures. www.greenvillerec.com/parks/poinsett-bridge This is peach country, y’all, and summer is the season for them! Before you leave town to drive back to Anderson, stop and buy some local peaches. Get extra to make some peach jam or cobbler when you get home. www.ourpeachcountry.com With so many great places to take day trips in our area, this list should certainly get you started. Please make sure to check websites or call before you go to make sure sites will be open when you arrive. Always pack a cooler with cold drinks and snacks for the road, shoes that can get wet, a few towels and camping chairs too. You never know where you might want to stop along the way. Be prepared to have a great time on the road this summer and make memories that will last forever!

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